IMPORTANT UPDATE: The 52nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast has been re-imagined as a three-part, fully online event throughout Spring 2022. 

From Resistance to Representation:
Black Women Proving the Dream

The 52nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

Monday, January 17, 2022 — 9:00am ET

Live, Online-only on Zoom

Keynote Speaker: Annette Gordon-Reed

Historian, Harvard Law Professor, and Author of the New York Times bestseller, On Juneteenth

Guests will also enjoy musical interludes and performances from the Berklee College of Music ensemble.

After outstanding success with our 2021 virtual event, the MLK Memorial Breakfast Committee is producing an inspiring program that will celebrate the past successes and future dreams of Black women that have built and continue to flesh out Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community.

Despite plans to host a hybrid event (virtual and in-person at the Boston Convention Center), the recent surge in coronavirus necessitated the move to an online-only gathering. As the “beloved community” we must care for one another.

So we have re-imagined the annual breakfast as a three-part celebration.

Watch a recording of our MLK Day Breakfast (Part 1) and Register for Parts 2 and 3 here:

Part I 

MLK Day Online Breakfast

January 17, 9am ET

Part II 

Women’s History Month Roundtable

March 24, 6pm ET

Part III 

Award Ceremony

April 4th, 6pm ET


Moving from Inspiration to Education to Action

  • January 26, 4pm —  Civic Engagement and Activism

We are re-imagining the annual breakfast as a three-part celebration.

  • January 17th (9am) Online Breakfast, featuring keynote speaker, Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning On Juneteenth (2021). Boston Globe senior opinion editor Kimberly Atkins Stohr will preside.
    • You’re invited to have your breakfast ready and cameras on! We’ll celebrate the “love feast” – a communal meal shared among the faithful. Please register now in order to receive the Zoom log-in information.
    • Breakfast attendees will also enjoy musical interludes and performances from the Berklee Institute for Jazz and Gender Justice and an inspirational rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by “Sweet Lamb,” Lauren Britt.
  • March 24th (4-6pm) Women’s History Month Roundtable, celebrating female leadership in the civil rights movement, with a tribute from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.
    • Panelists include Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, U.S. District Attorney Rachael Rollins, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Representative Liz Miranda, and Councilwoman Julia Mejia.
  • April 4th (6-8pm) Award Ceremony, honoring “Drum Majors for Justice” and scholarship recipients.  The ceremony will be headlined by U.S. Senator Ed Markey and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy.
    • Drum Major Awards will be presented to accomplished women and organizations that empower women, including Sarah Ann Shaw, Judge Margaret Burnham, and Chastity Bowick, Women’s Lunch Place, the Caribbean Foundation of Boston, and the Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts. 
    • Scholarship Awards will also be presented to students at participating Madison Park, Burke, and O’Bryant high schools, Orchard Gardens K-8 School, and Roxbury Community College.

The MLK Memorial Breakfast, in conjunction with Northeastern University, will also present two interactive, online teach-ins: civic engagement and activism (Wednesday, January 26th) and women in entrepreneurship (Thursday, March 31st).


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Supporting Sponsors

St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church
1073 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02120
Tel: (617) 427-6175

Union United Methodist Church
485 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Tel: (617) 536-0872